Al: The songwriting approach for Sunflower Fox usually starts with someone, often Kaity, bringing a starting idea to the table. This is then opened up to influences from the rest of the group that shape and mold the song over many iterations that take us to the final product. The beautiful thing is that we all contribute to the songs and are very open to feedback from each other to help explore new avenues.
When we start off on a specific song, we know the general style and potential instrumentation that we want to explore but it is a blurred roadmap. Many times we take complete changes and detours into unanticipated directions depending on how the songs evolve, so the final product may have themes that were not even considered at the start.
Al: We love the sound (and culture) of the 1970’s! Everyone in the group cut their teeth playing 70’s music, mostly rock ‘n roll like Sunflower Fox’s sound, but our collective experiences span genres from that era. The thing we absolutely admire about the 1970’s sound is that the music from that time was real, it wasn’t overly processed and “clean”, it was raw and emotional. A lot of that is due to the record methods, which were live tracking as a band, not endless overdubs, that bring the live experience and emotion into the studio. That is what Sunflower Fox recreates when we are writing and recording, with real, analog instrumentation and experienced players.